Dates and applications can be found on our Events page – check for updates!
The Island Arts Association was formed in 1975 by a group of Mount Desert Island artisans, with the idea of promoting individual local craftspeople by hosting group shows. Many artists work alone in their studios, and these shows provide camaraderie, marketing ideas and exposure to new customers. Fair fees are kept low to encourage those just starting out. The IAA is hosted by the YWCA of MDI, whose mission includes empowering women through business opportunities.
We hold craft fairs on Mount Desert Island which are open to our members & other artisans. To become a member you must live on Mount Desert Island, one of the outer islands, or in Trenton, Lamoine, or Ellsworth. To view our upcoming fairs and applications click on Events. To print a membership application click on How To Join or Renew.
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